Who are West Ham United's five best Premier League goalkeepers?

West Ham United's Adrian saves from Everton's Romelu Lukaku

The Hammers have had more than a few pairs of safe hands down the years.

England's David JamesEngland's David James

Since the Premier League era began in 1992, West Ham United have - by and large - been a prominent member of England's top flight, and with a host of impressive footballers to boot.

Some of those talented players have had to keep the ball from hitting the back of their net, and down the years, the Hammers have had more than a few capable shot stoppers. Here's their five best goalkeepers of the Premier League era.

Ludek Miklosko

The Czechslovakia - and later Czech Republic - international was West Ham's first goalkeeper in the Premier League era, and a very good one at that. Miklosko made 169 of his 318 appearances for the Hammers in the Premier League, and is somewhat famed for his excellent display on the final day of the 1994/95 season against Manchester United - a game which finished 1-1, and meant the title went to Blackburn Rovers. In 1998, Miklosko - a one time player of the year winner at Upton Park - joined Queens Park Rangers, but is still remembered fondly today among the West Ham faithful.

 

Jack Collison (L) and Robert Green - West Ham United at full timeJack Collison (L) and Robert Green - West Ham United at full time

Robert Green

While cruelly mocked by many following his goalkeeping howler for England at the 2010 World Cup, the reason why Green got to be in that position in the first place was due to his excellent form for West Ham. The 37-year-old - now at Leeds United - joined from Norwich City in 2006, and would go on to make 177 of his 219 league appearances for the Hammers in the Premier League. An excellent shot stopper, Green was the best English goalkeeper on the planet for a while, and helped West Ham get promoted to the Premier League again following their relegation in 2011 before moving onto Queens Park Rangers in 2012. 

David James

From one England goalkeeper to another, life at Upton Park may not have gone as swimmingly as hoped for James, but he was still a very good goalkeeper for the Hammers. Despite having an injury plagued spell, James made 64 Premier League appearances for West Ham, and was unfortunately part of the side that was deemed 'too good to go down' in the 2002/03 season, which ultimately resulted in relegation, Like Green, James hung around for a bit in an attempt to get the club back up at the first attempt, but was signed by Manchester City in January 2004 after making 102 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers. 

Shaka Hislop - Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeperShaka Hislop - Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper

Shaka Hislop

The incredibly popular goalkeeper had two separate sells at Upton Park as a player, and made 121 Premier League appearances for West Ham. A safe pair of hands, Hislop won player of the year during his first spell at the club, and in his second played a key part in the Hammers reaching the 2006 FA Cup final. After the FA Cup final, which West Ham lost 3-1 on penalties to Liverpool following a 3-3 draw, Hislop went to the 2006 World Cup with Trinidad & Tobago, but left West Ham on his return for MLS side FC Dallas. 

Adrian

It may seem a bit strange to throw the current West Ham number one in this list, but Adrian has been brilliant for the Hammers on many an occasion, and recently joined the 100 club. Adrian has made 101 Premier League appearances to date for the Hammers since arriving from Real Betis in 2013, and his form got him a call-up to the Spain squad at the start of the 2016/17 campaign, though he didn't make an appearance. Aged just 30, Adrian could be keeping the ball out of the net for West Ham for several years to come if the Hammers decide to keep him around. 

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